Center History

1991 Human RIghts Ordinance passed by New Orleans City Council, protecting lesbian and gay people against discrimination in housing and employment in Orleans Parish

1992 Lesbian and Gay Community Center Founded at 816 North Rampart Street

1993 Domestic partners registry for the City of New Orleans

1998 Protections for transgender people added to the Human Rights Ordinance

1999 Lesbian and Gay Community Center moves to 2114 Decatur St in the heart of the New Orleans’ gay-borhood

2000 The Center launches the Hate Crimes Project, which tracks hate-based crimes against LGBT and other groups targeted by discrimination

2003 The Center begins hosting an annual Trans Day of Remembrance to commemorate the lives of a large number of transgender people murdered every year

2005 Hurricane Katrina and the federal flood disperse New Orleans’ population, including the LGBT community, and our work abruptly stops. The Center suffers no physical damage and hosts meeting of the Community Coalition, a collective of LGBT and allied organizations that met to share information and collaborate during the initial recovery period.

2009 The Mayor of New Orleans declares December 12th annually as The LGBT Community Center Day in the City of New Orleans

2011 Safe Space for LGBT and questioning youth established at the LGBT Community Center

2012 The Center loses their space on Decatur due to damage from Hurricane Isaac.

2013 The Center moved into an administrative space in the Art Egg Studios on S. Broad Street and establishes a new Mission and Vision based on community needs.

2015 The Center moved again, this time to 2727 South Broad St, its first 100% accessible space, moving forward its vision of equal access and opportunity for all parts of our community.

2023 After Covid-19, the organization suffered financial troubles and could no longer maintain its South Broad St location. At present time, it does not possess a physical address by which to provide services to the community.